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This Week’s Spanish Composer: FERNANDO OBRADORS
by Elena Greco
July 28, 2015
Born in Barcelona, Fernando (Ferran) Jaumandreu Obradors (1897-1945) was largely self-taught in composition; he studied piano with his mother. He was a brilliant arranger of Spanish folk music, with inventive, virtuosic piano accompaniments that bring the original melodies to life without sacrificing their original charm. He is best known for his four volumes of songs set to Spanish poetry and folk melodies, Canciones clásicas españolas, which are totally Spanish in flavor. All are exquisite!
THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™ Part 2: Influences of Catalan and Basque Cultures (FOS2) concert presented songs from Volumes 2 and 4 of Canciones clásicas españolas; these volumes are often neglected in favor of Volumes 1 and 3. In THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™ Part 3: Unsung Songs of Spain (FOS3) concert, we will present songs by Obradors that are seldom heard, including a slightly X-rated one with lyrics by Federico Lorca that has never been recorded and, I believe, never performed publicly in this country.
You can listen to one of my favorite Obradors songs, “En el pinar” (also performed on FOS3!), not necessarily characteristic of Obradors, but with his beautiful pianistic painting of the lyric and lovely lyrical line, sung by one of my favorite Spanish singers, the beautiful Pilar Lorengar, with Miguel Zanetti on piano:
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